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Album: Hug of Thunder [Slipcase] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sol Luna
2)    Halfway Home
3)    Protest Song
4)    Skyline
5)    Stay Happy
6)    Vanity Pail Kids
7)    Hug of Thunder
8)    Towers and Masons
9)    Victim Lover
10)    Please Take Me With You
11)    Gonna Get Better
12)    Mouth Guards of the Apocalypse
 

Album: Hug of Thunder [Slipcase] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sol Luna
2)    Halfway Home
3)    Protest Song
4)    Skyline
5)    Stay Happy
6)    Vanity Pail Kids
7)    Hug of Thunder
8)    Towers and Masons
9)    Victim Lover
10)    Please Take Me With You
11)    Gonna Get Better
12)    Mouth Guards of the Apocalypse
 
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  • Audio Mixer: Shawn Everett.
  • The fifth full-length outing from the substantial Toronto collective -- this iteration is 15 strong -- the aptly named Hug of Thunder is the band's long-awaited follow-up to 2010's Forgiveness Rock Record. A dense, soul-searching blast of civic-minded indie rock/alt-pop comfort food, the 12-track set is mired in the cultural and political miasma of its time, but Broken Social Scene have always been about community -- Kevin Drew has suggested in interviews that the 2015 terror attacks in Paris served as the impetus for the band's reconvening. Leslie Feist, Emily Haines, and Kevin Drew may serve as the group's ambassadors, but BSS are a ship requiring the whole crew to stay afloat, and Hug of Thunder is buoyant with inclusiveness and cautious hope. The shambolic, post-rock kissing cousins to fellow veteran Canadian pop army New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene's aural emissions may be less confectionary, but they're no less immediate. Forgoing some of the elongated, atmosphere-driven instrumentals that peppered prior outings (wordless opener "Sol Luna" clocks in at just over a minute), things escalate quickly with co-openers "Halfway Home" and "Protest Song," two of the punchiest things the band has offered up in years. They dial it back a bit on the dreamy, Drew-led "Skyline," a lush, midnight highway-ready affair that evokes the easy, classic rock vibe of the War on Drugs, but "Vanity Pail Kids" turns the power back on with a knotty, all-hands-on-deck electro-disco party that sees all three lead vocalists representing. However, it's the wordy, Feist-delivered title cut, a master class in balancing mood and melody, that delivers the album's finest moments, and the best distillation of what makes BSS so venerable. ~ James Christopher Monger
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The standout is 'Halfway Home,' on which Bruce Springsteen and My Bloody Valentine meet up in the space between anxiety and uplift where this band does its best work."

Spin - "[A] warm and rewarding comeback album....It often sounds as though every member of the familial Toronto ensemble is playing at the same time."

Alternative Press - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "HUG OF THUNDER feels like a sign of maturity to complement a more weathered and warm approach to songwriting that includes a lot of electronic pulses and skybound singalongs."

Magnet - "Haines shines on the breathless 'Protest Song,' and under Feist's guidance, the title track is one of the band's best."

Paste (magazine) - "The band's sound tends to be orchestral, ornate, expansive and psychedelic, with synths, samples, brass and mash ups of guitars, keyboards, percussion and voices adding deep layers to the mix. It's a panoramic approach to say the least..."

Clash (magazine) - "From the expansive intro track `Sol Luna' to the triumphant and jubilant `Halfway Home', which explodes with a rapturous instrumentation, Broken Social Scene return with wonderfully arranged and layered indie rock."
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